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ROK defense minister refuses to provide defense information to Japan

  • October 29, 2016
  • , Asahi , p. 13
  • JMH Translation

With regard to a “General Security of Military Information Agreement (GSOMIA) between Japan and South Korea, which would become the basis for the two nations to share defense information, South Korean National Defense Minister Han Min-koo said on Oct. 28: “We will not hand over (to the Japanese side)” information about airports, roads and the deployment of the South Korean military necessary to rescue Japanese nationals living in South Korea.


Han stated during a meeting of the national defense committee held following the announcement of the restart of Tokyo-Seoul negotiations on the GSOMIA. Han said: “We will exchange only necessary information.”


Some South Korean lawmakers had expressed concern about providing information to Japan on account of the historical perception problem. There was a view criticizing President Park Geun-hye’s sudden announcement to resume the negotiations to conclude a GSOMIA even though she had been cautious about restarting the negotiations.


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